Taking inspiration from the landscapes and weather of Scotland, I create fine silver and enamel jewellery as well as hand raised bowls in either copper or fine silver with enamel decoration. My work begins in the landscape, taking photographs of the hills and the sea and the huge skies, or collecting pebbles at the beach. I’ll then do lots of drawings and watercolour paintings in my sketchbooks before I begin to work with the enamel and silver. The shapes of the pebbles are found in the shapes of the bowls and jewellery pieces, and the clouds, landscapes and seascapes are found in the painterly enamel. I use the enamel in such as way as to produce an effect similar to my paintings, trying to evoke the feeling of the landscape without reproducing it exactly. The colours I use are natural and muted with occasional pops of bright colour. I love to use traditional techniques like hand-raising and enamelling in a contemporary way producing work which is beautiful and modern and something to be treasured.
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